Arvid Kramer, Director and Head Coach
“I really enjoy working with young people, giving back what gave me something great, just the passion for the game.” – Arvid Kramer
Arvid Kramer was raised on a small farm in southwestern Minnesota. “I had a hoop on the side of the barn. In the winter I would shoot baskets before chores but had to decide if I wore gloves or went barehanded” he recalls.
Arvid’s high school team went to the Minnesota State Basketball Championships during his senior year, where he averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocked shots per game. He attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD where, at 6’9”, he started at center for 3 ½ years. He was MVP of the North Central conference his junior year, and graduated with a degree in Physical Education.
Arvid was picked in the 1979 NBA draft in the 3rd round (45th pick). After spending the pre-season with the Utah Jazz, he played with the Anchorage Northern Knights of the CBA for two months, and then spent the last half of the season with the Denver Nuggets, where he played with future Hall of Famers Dan Issel, David Thompson, and Alex English.
In 1980, Arvid was picked by the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA expansion draft. He recalls that “The GM, Rick Sund, told me that with my contract, I had little chance to make the team, so I decided to go overseas. I am the answer to a basketball trivia question though – ‘Which player was picked in two expansion drafts but never played for either team?’ The two teams were the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat.”’
His first European season was in Siena, Italy with Antonini Siena. For his second European season Arvid moved to Lyon, France to play with LaCro Lyon. Arvid had a great year, explaining that “The second season in Europe was much easier, knowing what to expect and how the European game is played.” There, he had his career high of 56 points.
In his third season Arvid moved to Bayer Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany. He averaged 27 points per game and the team finished in third place.
He then returned to the United States for two years, but recalls “I still wanted to play, so went back to play in a lower division. It was so much fun to play very competitively again. I started in Opladen and then moved to Telekom Bonn in Bonn, Germany and played there for the next 9 years. During this time, the team moved up from the 2nd League to the 1st Bundesliga (First League). We made the finals in our first year in the 1st Bundesliga, and played against the number one team for the German championship.
I retired from playing in 1996 at age 40. I was also the manager of the team, and then spent the next 8 years as GM. We went to the finals twice and I traveled all throughout Europe -what a great experience.”
In 2015, Kramer was honored by the fans of his German professional team, Telekom Baskets Bonn, as one of the most legendary players of the last 20 years. We’ve posted a little about that event here and here.
Kramer served as the JV Coach at La Costa Canyon High School in 2015/16 and also from 2006-2011, as well as coaching the team at Diegueno Middle School from 2013-2015. He has been coaching and directing the MAVS program for 11 years.